Presented on Wednesday, May 26 in the Barn at Quarry Farm. Close your eyes and picture Mark Twain. What do you see? Most likely a white suit, white hair, big white whiskers, and a bigger cigar. What does he sound like? Southern with a drawl. "mark Twain Illustrated and Impersonated" is a historical discussion concerning what we know about Mark Twain - through the mediums of caricature and dramatic performance - and how we've come to know it. Through slides and recordings, "Mark Twain Illustrated and Impersonated" will deconstruct our perception of Samuel Clemens's public personality to understnad that what seems a static icon continues to be a dynamic reaction to our contemporary society.
Alex Brink Effgen is a doctoral candidate in Editorial Studies at Boston University's Editorial Institute.